The scariest thing this season doesn’t have to be your upcoming interview.
We get it. Interviews can be daunting. Having a formal conversation with a stranger, urging them to hire you while you highlight all your amazing qualifications, isn’t always an easy feat. First impressions matter. Preparedness is crucial. While there are many reasons to stress over an interview, there are easy tactics to help you feel more comfortable and ultimately help you land the job. Here are five foolproof interview tips that will help you rise above your competition and meet your interviewer with confidence.
Research The Company
Do your homework. It’s important to read up on the company you’re applying to. Not only to help familiarize yourself with factual information but also so you can determine if this is truly a company you want to work with. Learn about the founder, the company’s mission, and service. Familiarize yourself with the logistics of the position you’re applying to. Be sure to write down any questions you may have concerning the company or your possible role. Your employers want to see that you did your research and that you’re passionate about what they have to offer.
Practice Makes Perfect
We all know that dreadful moment when the interviewer looks you in the eye and asks, “what are your three biggest strengths and weaknesses?” and your mind draws one big blank. In an effort to avoid being blindsided by difficult questions, look up common interview questions and enlist the help of your friends. Ask them to quiz you to determine how well you can think on your feet. It may sound juvenile, but it conditions you to think fast and remain calm under pressure. In an interview, it is imperative that you know how to sell yourself. If it helps, take inventory of your accomplishments, talents, and skills so you can impress your employer at the right time. Be self-aware and understand your weaknesses, but more importantly, know how to twist your weaknesses into strengths. For example: if you’re more of a follower than a leader, emphasize how you’re a team player and work better in collaboration. Your employer doesn’t expect you to be perfect, but they do expect you to know yourself and put your best foot forward.
"It's important to know how to twist your weaknesses into strengths..."
Dress To Impress
First impressions are serious business. How you feel walking into an interview has everything to do with confidence. Before your interview, ask yourself: what makes you feel confident? Putting on the perfect outfit provides an unmatched sense of confidence. Even on our worst days, dressing the part makes all the difference. Here are some of our favorite interview sets that are sure to attract attention and allow you to feel your best.
OUR FAVORITE INTERVIEW SETS:
Jasmine Blazer & Skirt:
Wow your future employers with the Jasmine set. Its spliced skirt and cropped blazer usher a classic look into the 21st century. Its neutral tone makes it easy to accessorize.
Celine Blazer & Pants:
A trusty pinstriped suit is always in season. You’ll definitely want to get your hands on our Celine set. Add a touch of comfort to your workday with the silk blend pant and blazer. Its relaxed fit has a sense of effortless style that is sure to make you the office It-girl.
Virginia Blazer & Skirt:
You can’t go wrong with a classically tailored blazer. Our Virginia set inspires confidence with its contrasting navy and tawny stripes that elongate the body. Be the talk of the office and pair the set with your favorite pumps for some added drama.
Do yourself a favor and look up the location of the interview the night before. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your interview frazzled and tardy. Map out the quickest route to your interview and be sure to leave enough time to leisurely get ready, primp, and drive to the location safely. Time management is key. It also doesn’t hurt to have a copy of your resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation on hand. Try to remember the name of your interviewer when you formally introduce yourself so they know you care. Little details like this are crucial. During the interview, if there’s a question you’re having a difficult time answering, emphasize how good of a question it is and ask if you can revisit it at the end of the conversation. This gives you time to think but doesn’t completely dismiss their question.
That’s right - sending a follow-up email is a necessary step to landing the job. Shoot your interviewer an email the following day thanking them for their time and reiterating that you can answer more questions as needed. It’s important to let them know that you haven’t forgotten the opportunity. Plus, by emailing them they’ll probably get back to you with their decision sooner rather than later. Go the extra step and send a thank you card to the interviewer for their time and you'll be sure to make a good impression.
There it is - five simple tactics to impress your future employers and to inspire confidence in you, the interviewee. Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking experience for sure, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s all about knowing your employer and knowing you. Dressing the part never hurts, either. Dress for success with J.ING’s tailored sets and you’ll be ready to face the busy day ahead.